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FOLLOWER FAVORITES | NOVEMBER

For a few weeks I’ve been doing a round-up in my Instagram Stories every Sunday; things like my favorite new people to follow, bestsellers, my new finds of the week, most asked questions, etc. So I thought that I would do something similar on a monthly basis. Not only bestsellers, but also some of everyone’s favorite posts of the month, maybe a favorite reels of the month! But also maybe some things that I have found/learned over the weeks. We’ll see how this evolves, and if you have any requests or suggestions to include, please leave a comment below!

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One thing that I have LOVED about the last few months, actually, is that my love for DIY projects has been shared with all of you!! It makes me so excited that something that I just geek out over is something I can share with everyone. And while I am now in a small apartment so that makes things a little more difficult, I can still plan some and knock them out at my parent’s house when I go visit! Also, my mom has all the tools ;-D But I was so excited about the final product of this side table because, to be honest I wasn’t sure how it would stay together because unlike other projects I didn’t have anything to model it after. But it was so easy and required so little tools that if you are in an apartment you could totally do this one too! You can check out the details in my reels, as well as shop the details below.

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PLANS FOR OUR APARTMENT

If you can’t tell, I’m a planner, in life. I love to plan my days, my weeks, my living spaces, etc. so when we moved into a new apartment where we had to start from scratch I started planning immediately. And these plans have changed sssooooooo much over the months, we were originally supposed to move in in June and if we had our place would look very differently if we did!

I originally thought that super light and fresh was what I wanted: all whites and light neutrals. But over the past few months I have loved playing with dark and moody colors. Plus, my husband isn’t the cleanest eater in the world :-/ Now we already had a few pieces so I had to find a way to include these darker and more colorful pieces, which to be honest is the best way to do it! If you don’t want it to be a super moody room but still want hints of it, the details to top it off are the perfect place to do it! Meaning, a top-layer rug, throw pillows, maybe a coffee or side table.


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Our living room is obviously going to be the most-used room in our apartment, and I’m sure it will even change from the design concept above seeing as I have about 7 rug swatches sitting in front of me right now 😀 But our living room has so much natural light that I knew that having a darker rug and accents wouldn’t make the space feel overly moody. That’s something to really keep in mind when picking colors and hues. If you want some color and mood, but don’t want it to be overwhelming, consider how much light the room has as well as the height of the ceilings! Lower ceilings and minimal natural light are features that immediately make a room darker/moodier already. So since our ceilings are 12’ and we have floor to ceiling windows, I wasn’t too worried about these features being too dark.

Still thinking over the light fixture though, we might have to wait a while and live in the space until we pick that one.

We do have two bedrooms, but unfortunately for future guests, that second bedroom is not for you. We needed a dedicated space for a desk and in-home workouts, so that’s what this bad boy’s gonna be! We also know that since we’re in a much smaller space from our house in MN, and quarantine isn’t quite over, we need other spaces to be able to escape to: a comfortable bedroom to hang out in, a functional kitchen table, maybe a reading corner to change up the scenery.

I started with the linens in the bedroom. While I already had the headboard from Target, I wanted the linens to make it feel stylish and comfortable. I think people minimize the importance of bed linens and that is a huge miss! Linens can completely change the feel of your bedroom, and check out some of my picks and finds below.

Also don’t assume you need fancy nightstands for a nice bedroom. I got ours from Amazon and changed the hardware. If you don’t need a drawer or want a minimal look? Consider an open side table or floating shelf! That’s a great way to add some style to your room.


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I’m also super excited about our entryway. I really like how you can turn a small and otherwise empty space into a totally functional and stylish corner. Entryways are actually the best area to do just that! You can get creative not only with the artwork and maybe wallpaper, etc. but with hooks and shelves too! We have a rather large entryway for an apartment so we’re lucky enough to have the space for some items, but it’s key not to overdo it. Sometimes doing too much with a space just because you have the room for it can undo any aesthetic goals you have.

The office plans are super bare bones and to be honest because that space is going to be so multi-functional I think that the majority of the pieces of that room are going to be small organizational tools to keep that small space feeling uncluttered. I’ll share more on Instagram as it comes to life!


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I keep changing my mind like crazy on the kitchen table!! At first we were thinking that we would forego a kitchen table, but other than the living room and office it would be the only other place to sit! So since we are spending 99.999999% of our time at home these days, we figured we could use the extra functional design. All I know is that I really want an industrial looking table, round, and comfy and casual/farmhouse slip covered dining chairs. These are the top three variations I have right now, but check out the links to some of the items below too!

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RECENT D.I.Y PROJECTS

I’ve been in major DIY mode! I’m sure it has something about being stuck at home all the time and wanting to redecorate, constantly. But I started scouring Instagram a few weeks ago with easy and small DIY projects that would be a fun way to decorate the house here and there.

MUD PLANTERS

If you haven’t been following Bre Bertolini on Instagram, then you’ve been missing out! You’ll probably immediately recognize her mudroom because it has been circulating social media for years! And she has some great DIY projects that anyone can do, like these planters. She actually used this method for a lamp base, but I thought this would be a cool look for some small vases for herbs in the kitchen. I loved the shape of these terra cotta vases that I got from a greenhouse in town here in Minneapolis, but the color was a little off from the rest of the room, so I followed her tutorial step by step, except I did actually do a light coat of clear topcoat spray paint just to give it a little protection. The dried mud doesn’t smell at all, but obviously if you touch it or if it gets wet, that can be tricky and will mess up the “stone” vibe that the mudding gave it.

I might try and find a more permanent way to get this effect that doesn’t include getting mud all over the patio :-/ But these were fun and easy!

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or you can check these out too!

TEXTURED CERAMICS

A Minneapolis photographer that I follow posted her friend doing these and ohhhh my gosh I knew right away I needed to try it out!! I am obsessed with dark and moody colors for this fall, so this was the perfect way to get some decor pieces for fall and not spend a bajillion $$’s on a ton of new vases. I went to TJ Maxx and Home Goods and found a few great vases whose shape would compliment each other, then got the following colors from Sherwin Williams. I followed the tutorial here which is really quite simple: mix two parts paint and 1 part baking soda, adding more baking soda if you want it to be a thicker “paste”, then paint away!

 


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or you can check these out too!

I combined the methods from the mud planter and textured vases to make this lamp! It had tons of grooves so I filled it in with plaster and finished it with a grey paint + baking soda mixture and got a stone-textured lamp!!

 


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CANE DRESSER + CABINETS

So I was first inspired by @brepurposed and her IKEA desk hack, but to be honest the more that I thought about it and the more that I looked into her tutorial, it felt a little involved for me. I am lucky enough to have a mom and some friends that have wood cutting equipment, so I enlisted their help to cut the drawers and cabinet doors of these pieces below to get the effects that I wanted. By getting unfinished wood you are able to paint/stain however you want to, which is much easier than finding/cutting/affixing plywood like Bre’s IKEA hack. Her desk looks AMAZING! I just know that’s way out of my capabilities right now.

I got this dresser from IKEA which is only $40 and this cabinet is $70. The cabinet is actually a part of a shelf unit that you can put together, but I decided to buy some legs and make it a stand-alone.

I measured and marked the drawers/doors so that the wood would create a frame for the cane. After the wood is cut, you can stain all of the pieces the way that you want. I chose black because I love the contrast, but I also love the look of a natural stain too, more of a neutral vibe. You could also stain the cane if you wanted a more cohesive look and less contrasting colors.

Picking the hardware is really fun too! I love pretty much anything that is antiqued brass, and Home Depot has some great options, even Anthropologie has some cool finds too if you’re cool with spending a few more dollars.

 


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CANE + SHERPA OTTOMANS

These almost deserve a post for themselves! And they were much more involved since I built the structure and everything from scratch! Below I included a picture from my stories that broke down how I built the structure and what dimensions I used. I kinda worked with what I had, getting the wood from my mom’s stash. But the really tricky part was when I cut the frame. This was put over the stapled cane for a super clean look, and of course it took me a while to find enough of the 1/4” poplar boards to cover both ottomans, and took even longer to cut them all down!

*what I learned: poplar is not the best for staining. The colors are so different with the boards and tend to blotch, so if you use poplar I would only use it when it’s being painted.

I followed Ria’s tutorial in her stories practically exactly when it came to making the cushions as well! The sherpa was on sale and I have to say it is ssoooo soft! I loved this pick! I layered batting underneath the sherpa to give it more cushioning and volume. I used scotch spray and it worked really well! Just be careful because it will get your work surface (and hands) sticky. For more info check out my DIY stories!

  


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I cannot wait to do these frames for our apartment in Nashville!! There is an antique store down the street from us here in Minneapolis that always has great vintage prints that would be perfect for this! Not to mention there is cane in a few of the pieces of furniture that we have in there so it will be great to tie it all together. Check out Cynthia Harper’s Instagram too, she is where I got this idea and has some amazing other DIY ideas and overall amazing style.

I also have enough Cane left over to make a few of these trays! And these are gonna be so fun because I can play around with the hardware. Right now I’m going with these because they’re so fun, but simple brass handles could be great too.

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FALL IN NEUTRALS

I truly love the natural colors of fall and bringing them into the home. Whether it’s with decor or in my clothes I think that Fall is the only time of year that you can really bring Mother Nature into almost all style aspects of your life. Now, that’s my opinion because I absolutely love neutrals and it seems that nature does too. In the Spring/Summer I trend towards whites + beige colors, but this time of year I darken those neutrals with camel, rich browns and caramels for the neutral pop.

I thought that you all might feel the same so I had some fun with my Instagram Reels putting together 10 neutral fall outfits, as well as looked for some new styles that would be great for Fall! If you saw my last post about some great sweaters + sweatshirts then you have already seen a few of them, but there are so many more here that you don’t want to miss!

For instance, my go to coat that I think I talked about a bajillion times last year and will probably continue to do so continuously this Fall. I think that this shade of coat is perfect and can be found in tons of different styles: that Coatigan (particularly the bestsellers that you see everywhere from Mango + J.Crew) is a great option for a cozier more casual look that you can wear into Fall, but the wool topcoat that I style with everything is a great piece you can take from end of Fall when it gets really chilly into the Winter months as well. These pictures below are from last year when I was coming up with tons of different ways to wear the Coatigan, but don’t miss this post from last year of ways to wear the wool coat as well! And I’m sure if you keep an eye on my LIKEtoKNOW.it page you will be seeing them pop up with even more ways these next few months.

 

 

In the meantime check out a few of my neutral finds that you can rock this Fall no matter what activities you have going on!

SWEATERS + TOPS

BOTTOMS + DRESSES

JACKETS

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FALL SWEATER + SWEATSHIRT ROUNDUP

I don’t know about where you live, but Fall is here. No doubt about it. We woke up the other day and had to turn the fireplace on!!! So I guess instead of easing into it, we just skipped to November…

Every year I go through my sweaters to realize either ones that are old, never been worn, will never be worn, you know how it goes. Me personally? Should not own another sweater. If I buy another one my husband might have me institutionalized :-/ But that doesn’t stop me from checking out the new ones from some of my favorite retailers OR finding new ways to wear the staple sweaters that I have now.

Those favorite retailers I mentioned?

  • H&M

  • Abercrombie

  • Asos

  • and sometimes Target

All of these in the list above have great styles and prices! I personally love H&M for the staple crew neck sweater. They have a wide range of materials, and great neutrals. Abercrombie is great for a cute, more trendy cardigan or their Soft AF sweatshirt line, which is, well, ‘soft af’ 😀 Asos is definitely for the more trendy sweaters but you can find some great deals there! I’ve seen some great sherpa jackets and I got a nice distressed sweatshirt form there last month. Target is kind of hit or miss for me, but there is definitely reason to check on what they have to offer, just in case!

STAPLE SWEATERS

I love a good neutral sweater to layer under coats. My go-to for the past year or so has been a lighter sweater or sweatshirt (think whites/light beige) under my favorite camel wool coat! From there you can pair it with jeans, booties, black jeans and mules, leggings and otk boots? So many great options!

And when you get a really good staple sweater, wearing it on its own with a pair of leggings and white sneakers and you are good to go!

STYLISH/TRENDY SWEATERS + CARDIGANS

SWEATSHIRTS + LIGHT JACKETS

Want some ideas as to how to wear them and create a versatile fall closet? I put together a deck for a friend on fall fashion finds and one of the pages below is a great place to start! Since most people are working from home these days, I think the main focus is fall weekends, casual looks and pieces that you can wear getting errands but also style with other pieces in the event of a social outing!

If you want me to put together a deck for you or have specific fashion/style needs, fill in the form below and we can chat about me putting together something for you!

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FALL HOME DECOR

I love the decor for this time of year! It is warm, cozy and the colors are amazing. Especially this year I have been really into greens, which is such a great compliment to neutrals. So if you’re like me and your house is full of neutrals, this is a great way to bring in a seasonal vibe as well as color in general.

Some really easy ways to incorporate Fall style into your home without spending tons of money are with:

  • baskets

  • pillows

  • blankets

  • greenery/plants

  • texture

  • candleholders

You can find amazing individual decor pieces that fit the bill, like stone textured vases or a chunky knit throw and we all know that a good candle can set the mood 😀 I’ll be putting one video up on my Instagram Reels every day with fall decor tips and the best way to use each item! And you can shop some of my fall finds here and keep an eye out for those videos to maybe be able to use something in your house that you have now!

Changes that I make? First I reset the coffee table in the living room and the throw pillows. After that if I think I need to bring out our big chunky knit blankets then I lay it on the ottoman to add some more texture. If I think I still need more then I look at what I have on the kitchen counter and the front door! Check out my post about Front Porch Fall Decor to get the outside of your home ready for the season.

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PILLOWS

BASKETS

CANDLEHOLDERS

GREENERY + OTHER DECOR

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RECENT AMAZON FINDS

We all relied on Amazon a lot before, but ever since the term “quarantine” came into our lives I think we’ve all grown to rely on it a little bit more. I know I have. And since my last post about my Recent Amazon Purchases was such a hit, I thought why not do a Summer version?

 

 

Although I have to admit, since we are back in MSP, my purchases aren’t quite as interesting. Before, we were getting settled in the apartment in Nashville so we could have a little more fun, but I don’t think you all want to see the summer fertilizer that I bought for our yard :-/ So I compiled not only some of my favorite purchases but also some of my favorite finds! The Amazon Drop has had some amazing collaborating designers like Fashion Jackson (who is one of my all-time favorite bloggers/influencers), and some other great summer styles.

I’ve also included some other fun home finds that I know will peak your interest! I actually bought these Adirondack chairs for our front porch and absolutely love the classic look it gives our house. There are also some fun organization pieces that make me feel like a fancy adult 😛 These silicone ice molds are the ones I used for my fancy flower ice cube presentation in the Rosé Cocktails post.

But I would remiss if I didn’t highlight my newest obsession, this linen shift dress that’s not only lined (so you can’t see through it), but fun, flirty AND, wait for it… HAS POCKETS!! Oh, did I not mention that it’s only $21? Ya, you need this one.

Check out all of my other finds below!

FASHION FINDS

HOME FINDS

HOME GYM

 

 

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GUIDE TO PICKING + LAYERING RUGS

I don’t think that I knew how much rug layering was going on in my house until recently. To be honest it just seems normal to me now, but I realized that for a lot of people, layering rugs can be daunting. And I have proof of that by seeing some of the layering that’s going on that, well, just doesn’t work. So I’ve done some research and put together some graphics to help you out, that way if you have layers in your house you can double check and make sure they’re all good, or fix them :-/

I think the biggest upside to layering rugs is the texture, color, and a element of surprise to your room! For instance say you’re wanting a little color but the idea of an 8×11 colorful rug is super daunting, this way you can still accomplish that. By having a neutral base (the larger rug underneath) you can then have a smaller, more colorful rug on top to fulfill that color that you’ve been looking for!

I also find picking the size rug for your space can be difficult at times too! So there is a huge section dedicated just to the right size and furniture orientation for reach room for your rugs.

Firstly…

you have to decide if the room of choice can even accommodate layering. Meaning, is it large enough to have two different rugs, patterns, and textures? Or will it completely overwhelm the space? Living rooms, bedrooms, large offices and front doors are great spaces for layering. We have our living room and front door layered up! But let’s say your living room is rather small, and you have large and dark furniture? If you are dead set on layering your rugs in this case, then I would recommend lighter colors and minimal (if any) patterns. But my personal preference and style would say “no”, but of course everyone’s style is different.

Let’s say you have a carpeted area? Me? I hate carpet. Hate it hate it. Our entire second floor is carpeted and if we were going to be here longer I would put hardwood floors down. So if you have a carpeted floor but want a rug, there are a few questions to answer. 1. Is the carpet a texture that would accommodate? Meaning, if it’s a long pile then the rugs would move around, fall into the carpet and just not work. But shorter and firmer carpets might. 2. How large is your carpeted space? A hallway runner? Great! A large rather open/empty room? I’m gonna say you should rethink it. If your room is medium-sized, has a good amount of furniture and the rug either covers most of it or compliments the furniture in there (specially), then sure! But throwing a small rug in the middle of a larger/open carpeted space? Just random and not a good idea. Bedrooms with carpet would work great as long as you get a rug big enough (see graph below) which is an important thing to keep in mind anyway.

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size does matter. Hahaha sorry. But it’s incredibly true when it comes to your rugs! I eluded to it a bit above when talking about a small rug in a large carpeted area, but even when there isn’t carpet you still have to be very careful as to how large/small your rug is. There is actually a home/decor blogger/influencer that I follow and absolutely LOVE. I adore her style, however I even noticed her dining room table rug is a no-go. Most of the time when picking your rug you think about how it is going to fit under the furniture in the room. Let’s break it down:

Living Room

You can either have part of the living room furniture on the rug, meaning front half or 6 inches of the couch, front legs of the chairs, etc. or you can have the entire piece of furniture fit on the rug with a little extra behind it. But make sure all the furniture can apply to this rule.

 


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Dining Room

This one is a tricky one and tends to intimidate people when you add the element of fallen food. However it is becoming more common and softens a space making it easier for you to have a wood table on hardwood floors. However the ratio is crucial. All the chairs need to be able to be on the carpet when they are pulled out. So if the legs of the chairs fit on the rug when they are placed neatly under the table, but come off the rug the second you pull it out to sit down, no dice.

 


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Bedrooms

Also a tricky space because a lot of homes tend to have carpeted bedrooms. So take note of the convo above about the texture of your carpet and size of your space, but if all of those boxes are checked, find a rug that fits almost completely under the bed leaving a bit of space in front of your nightstand and a significant distance past the foot of the bed. Putting a rug in the middle of the floor between the foot of the bed and furniture or a wall is just plain weird. You can add coziness another way than a rug island in your bedroom. You could also add runners on either side of the bed too!

 


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Layering

When picking the sizes of rugs to layer, area rugs are the best way to go. Let’s talk living rooms for a second. You could do an 8×11 rug or 9×12 (depending on the size of your room) with part of your furniture sitting on it, maybe the front half or so with a smaller more decorative rug on top framing the inside of where your furniture lies. Meaning none of your furniture (except for the coffee table) touches the top rug. This is the cleanest way to do it in my opinion. But playing with the space of the top rug that is under the furniture isn’t the worst thing in the world, it will just make it look a little tighter, and busier. And you’ll lose visibility of a lot of the bottom rug. Hides are also amazing to use as a top layer on a natural rug for decoration and texture. Because hides are usually smaller they work great on larger area rugs. Much better in my opinion than having it lay alone in a larger space.

 


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You can also angle the hide rug if you like that better. Just make sure that when you do you can move it a bit so one corner of the bottom rug isn’t more exposed than the other. might make the room feel uneven. 

Doormats are the most common rugs I see layered these days, which makes sense! They are smaller, more affordable and easier in regards to the dimensions. Just find an indoor/outdoor rug, generally the 3’x5’ sizes work best and layer it under your doormat! I LOVE this because you can easily change the layers and the look for every season if you wanted to. Maybe a darker buffalo checked pattern for fall? And then a lighter striped pattern for Spring/Summer? Great options! But one thing to make sure of is that your doormat fits completely INSIDE your outdoor rug. Meaning you can see the outdoor rug (bottom layer) on all four sides of the doormat, like the graphic below. Also make sure that your doormat isn’t insanely small. Mine is from Studio McGee and 2’x3’, but I know a lot of the ones you find on Amazon are smaller. And yes, mind is on the more expensive side, but it has sat outside on our front porch for almost three years through every single bit of weather and season and still looks amazing! I’ve gotten the cheaper ones, and they fade within months. So maybe consider it an investment over time so you won’t have to replace it later.

 


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What NOT to do…

 


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thirdly…

Time to pick your colors and designs. My go-to is a neutral and natural base, usually a jute weave layered with a colorful vintage design. This is where you can get that pop of color in your room without overwhelming the room. Below are some great options, but start with figuring out the colors in your room! Maybe you want a hint of blue, or just accentuate the neutrals? Pick those colors and start from there!

This is also where you might decide whether or not the room can accommodate it design-wise. Sure you might be able to fit a rug in your room spatially, but would two layered rugs be too busy? Or is the room not necessarily a “cozy” one that you need to layer? I think layering rugs adds a cozy factor because of the additional material, so if your room is on the formal side I would say either just go with one rug or find the most minimal layers possible. Otherwise the designs and feels of the room might conflict with each other.

Take a look at some of the finds below that I think would go great to layer together!

BASES

TOP LAYERS

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2020 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

I don’t think I’ll be loading up this year, but I know tons of people look forward to this sale every year. I totally get it! And let’s be honest, I’ll probably end up buying more than I plan to. There are some amazing home finds and I have definitely had my eye on certain styles with hopes that they would go on sale this Summer. Since this year is a little different, I thought I would help everyone out with this year’s details. Because to be honest, I wanted to know too 😀

 


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If you’re in the Nordy Club then you know that there are different levels of membership, so depending on your level, your access to shop the sale differs (see graphic above). But not matter what level you are, everyone gets to preview the sale July 24th… TODAY!! This is the first year that they are giving everyone the preview at the same time, so creating your wishlist can begin immediately. I personally advocate bigger lists so that when your shopping date comes, you have different options in your wishlist to shop so that all of the sold out items hopefully won’t impact you too much.

Here are some finds that I have added to my wishlist for when the time comes.

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SUMMER ROSÉ COCKTAILS WITH CHAMPS DE PROVENCE

Summertime is such a fun time to get creative with cocktails! I love finding light but tasty drinks to have for a fun summer weekend on the patio, and all of these hit the mark! I partnered with Champs de Provence to bring you 10 amazing and light summer rosé cocktails, and I highly suggest making one (or several) of these THIS weekend! Many of them use overlapping ingredients so you don’t have to worry about waste!

And the best overlapping ingredient? Champs de Provence Rosé. I loved it before, but now I love it even more and how it tastes in all of these drinks. It is a classic dry rosé with notes of berries and citrus which make it the perfect summer combination! Plus it’s medium body of flavor is perfect for cocktails because it doesn’t totally overpower the other ingredients, but also doesn’t completely disappear. Plus? They look so pretty! So if you’re hosting a social distancing gathering, you can wow the crowd with your pretty cocktails. My personal favorites are the frozen ones, I don’t want to spoil anything, but popsicles never tasted so good 😀 Scroll below for the 10 recipes.

ROSÉ SANGRIA


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Recipe // 2 servings

2 cherries

1/4 white peach

1/4 lime

2 oz. club soda

2 1/2 oz. vodka

1 1/2 oz. watermelon juice

5 oz. Champs de Provence rosé

2 sugar cubes

Mix the sugar cubes, lime juice, club soda to a cocktail shaker and shake until sugar dissolves. Add the remaining fruit, vodka, rosé and juice and shake until combined. Pour unstrained into your glasses.


ROSÉNADE

I absolutely love this one! Adding in the lemonade and the vodka is a great change-up and so refreshing!

 


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Recipe // Servings 1

1 oz. vodka**

5 oz. Champs de Provence Rosé

1 oz. strawberry lemonade

1 oz. club soda

basil leaves

lemon wedge

Muddle the basil leaves and lemon wedge in a cocktail shaker, then fill the shaker with ice, add vodka wine and lemonade to stir. Pour into your glass and top off with club soda and lemon wedge for garnish

**I would suggest Absolute Citron or Ketel One Botanical flavors to enhance the kick and flavor.


ROSÉ SPRITZER

This is a nice simple rosé cocktail that gives it a little more flavor and fruitiness.

 


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Recipe // serves 1

3 oz. Champs de Provence Rosé

1/2 oz. simple syrup

2 strawberries, halved

1 lemon wheel

splash of club soda

Mint for garnish

Muddle the strawberries and lemon wheel in a glass so the juices and flavors release. Add the syrup, wine and ice. Then top with however much club soda you like. Obviously the more you add the less fruity it will taste. Garnish with strawberry and mint.


GRAPEFRUIT FROSÉ

 


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Recipe // serves 6

1 bottle Champs de Provence rosé

1 cup grapefruit juice

1 cup crushed ice

slices of grapefruit and mint for garnish

Pour the grapefruit juice and rosé in ice cube trays to freeze overnight. Put the rosé and grapefruit ice cubes and crushed ice in a blender. Blend until mixed thoroughly or reaches the desired consistency you’d like. If you’d prefer a less watered down taste, you can omit the ice cubes.

Add slice of grapefruit and mint to top of each serving.


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ROSÉ ICE POPS

Who else feels like a kid in the summer? That feeling that you want to run through the sprinkler, get in the pool with floaties on your arms!! Well, this is a great way to feel those vibes, AND they are amazing and easy for parties. All you need are bags like these, and these are amazing because it comes with a funnel making the pour nice and clean.

These are great and easy to grab and go so if you’re having a big get together, backyard bbq, or pool party, you know it will be easy for people to grab and enjoy. I suggest getting a pretty ice bucket or (if you’re making a ton of ice pops), a small bucket and fill with ice. If you want to be really fancy make some of your own ice cubes with flower petals in them! That will really set the decór and summery mood.

 

 

RECIPE // makes about 14 popsicles

1 bottle of rosé

2 cups strawberry lemonade

1/2 cup vodka or liquor of choice

Mix all of the liquids together in a bowl or vase then using the filter pour into the popsicle bag leaving plenty of room to close! I’d leave an inch or two at least. If you don’t have empty shelves in your freezer to lay the bags flat to freeze, use a baking sheet to lay them out. Make sure they aren’t folded at all, otherwise the bags may break.

Not feeling the rosé combo? Check out these Peach Prosecco Ice Pop and Pink Lemonade Margarita Ice Pop recipes. Both sound delicious!


ROSÉSICLES

These are so dang fun! And pretty! If you’ve got a big party coming over, there is nothing prettier than a colorful and fruity setup like this one! You can get a few boxes of different popsicle flavors for people to pick from, display them on a light surface or tray and voilà! The flavor is so fruity and refreshing, PLUS it keeps your rosé nice and cold without watering it down with ice cubes. The flavors I picked are watermelon, strawberry and peach.

If you’r not into the popsicles and their sugar, you could also use frozen fruit! Just as pretty and colorful, and it won’t have any added sugar. Or if you want to get REALLY fancy, you could make your own popsicles! Just get a mold from Amazon like this one, blend up your fruits of choice, pour into the mold, and let freeze overnight. These cocktails will blow away your guests and keep y’all refreshed in the heat.

Events this would be great for: bridal showers, brunches, kid’s birthday parties (obviously this would be for the adults, but the popsicles would be for the kids :-D) the list goes on!


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ELDERFLOWER ROSÉ VODKA COCKTAIL

Okay, I think this one is my favorite! I am a huge fan of St. Germain (an elderflower liqueur) and this is a great refreshing mix. I am also the kind of person whose taste for grapefruit comes and goes, so if you’d prefer something less tart, I love Belvoir’s Elderflower Rose Lemonade and think it would be a great replacement. It is sweeter, but the upside is that you don’t have a lot of it in the recipe, so you’re not adding a ton of sugar by using it. It will also bring out the lemon juice that you drop in at the end as well!

Want to get fancy? Use one of the Ketel One Botanical vodka blends. While it does have a little less alcohol, the grapefruit flavor can be a great way to bring out the flavors.

 


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Recipe

1 oz. vodka

1 oz pink grapefruit juice

1 oz sparkling rosé

1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur

a few drops of lemon juice

sprig of mint for garnish


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ROSÉ ROYAL RECIPE

1.5 oz rosé

1/2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

1/2 oz. simply syrup

3 oz. sparkling rosé

Combine all in a serving class


LA VELA

2 pieces of watermelon

1 slice fresno chili

1 1/2 oz Codigo 1530 Rosa Tequila

3/4 oz grapefruit juice

1/2 oz rosemary syrup

1/4 oz lime juice

top with a splash of rosé

Muddle the watermelon and chili, add the tequila, juices, and syrup. Shake and service in a snifter over shaved ice.


ROSÉ & BERRIES

2 oz. basil simple syrup*

4 oz. fresh lime juice

1 bottle rosé

Strawberries to serve

Put simple syrup and lime juice in a pitcher and mix well. Add ice and strawberries to the pitcher then pour in the the rosé. Stir well to mix thoroughly.

*basil syrup recipe: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup loosely packed basil in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain into a container and refrigerate.

Lifestyle

2020 CHECK-IN

We are officially halfway through 2020 and I imagine if we look back on our goals, our plans, our thoughts on December 31st 2019, no one imagined we would have flown so far off course. But that doesn’t mean we need to completely lose site of ourselves and where we were six months ago. It might just take a matter of adjusting.

Now I completely understand and acknowledge the fact that so many people cannot just ‘adjust’. That their lives have been so completely altered that it isn’t a matter of readjusting goals. I hope that anyone reading this has not experienced loss or change this aggressive, and that they have been able to adapt to whatever changes this has brought them with the support of their friends and families. But I started writing this post with the thought that we have all been in this “new world” for a few months now and it seems like we aren’t going back to hugs and handshakes super soon. People have been working out at home, taking zoom calls, working from home, and while i’m sure no one has perfected it, I think everyone’s found a bit of a groove. Even if it’s a super bumpy and winding groove :-/

I want to chat about where I was mentally six months ago. What was I hoping would come of this year? What was I hoping to accomplish? To be honest I actually laugh when I ask myself that question, because my answer is 180 degrees different from where I am now. I was hoping to get a job for which I was in the middle of interviewing, and looking to settle in our home a little bit in Minneapolis. Now, six months later I am back at square zero with jobs, and in the process of getting settled in a city I had no earthly inclination that I would ever live in. So, yeah, I need to adjust. Did I have the stereotypical health goals? Absolutely. Have I achieved those? Heck no. But am I kicking myself in the butt over it and reverting to old ways or using it as an excuse to take steps backwards? No. While we are very lucky to have a sufficient in-home gym, I did rely on a lot of outside sources for achieving my health and fitness goals that I no longer have access to. So, I’ve had to change course.

Many of you (like a lot of us) may have thought that this would only be a few months and by a certain time this summer things would open up and we would be back to normal. Now that we know that is not the case, I think it’s time to start taking it seriously. Instead of using it as an excuse to not workout, or be okay with eating unhealthily because you’ve got the quarantine blues, let’s whip ourselves back into shape. Literally. Think about how you will feel three months from now if you continue down an unhealthy path? Will you feel better or worse? Will you have dug yourself deeper into a hole that you will have to work 10x harder to climb out of? I think you know the answers to all of those questions.

This mindset applies to every area of life; professional, personal, and health. We just have to take a step back and remember where we were at the end of 2019. Remember what you wanted to accomplish this year, and while you don’t have to apply the same exact goals to the second half of 2020, you can take the modified versions to hold yourself accountable. I’ve seen this saying floating around social media for a weeks now and I feel like it is more applicable now than ever: six months of dedication and focus can put yourself years ahead. I know I’m not quoting it exactly or correctly, but you get the gist. Think about where you could be on day one of 2021 if you applied the ‘dedication and focus’ you know you can to the rest of this year. Sounds much better than the alternative, huh?

**don’t sleep on home workout apps! My favorite are Sweat and Peloton. Both provide amazing workouts and the Peloton is only $12 a month and provides HIIT, yoga, cardio (inside and outside), spin, lifting, etc.

Health & Fitness

HOW I CREATED HEALTHY HABITS

This isn’t a post about losing 10 pounds quickly, or how to get toned arms, but instead a post about how in the past ten years I have created healthy habits and rituals. This is by no means a post saying that I only have healthy habits or that they were easy to incorporate into my life or that I still don’t slip up every now and then. But instead, I want to talk about how I have used my personality, and my life experiences to create these sustainable habits throughout my life to consistently work towards my healthiest self.

Now a few very bad habits were formed in my late teens and early 20’s when I developed eating disorders. So to be honest a lot of this self discovery and creation of healthy habits as a 30-year-old have been in response to trying to undo and fix the unhealthy mindset I was living in. A week for me back then would look something like this:

  • running up to 50 miles a week

  • obsessively counting my calories that I was taking in and working off

  • not eating to accomplish the above

  • stepping on the scale every morning after my work out

In the years to follow my body would try and tell me that it was rejecting these habits. So I have had to work very hard to morph those rejections into healthy habits that would take me into the next chapter of my life. And to do that I have had to ask some serious questions: what is “healthy” to me? What is going to make me the happiest and fit into my life/schedule? And what incentives are going to keep me going?

I actually have been able to answer this last question the best in this past year. After I read the book The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin I found out that I was a Questioner, and in that tendency we require internal justification to be able to justify it as important or necessary. So for me, I had to ask myself what was the best reason behind doing anything healthy for myself. Unfortunately in the past the answer was just to lose weight. But what did that accomplish? Nothing. In fact, it did more harm than good.

1.DISCOVER YOUR “WHY”

Now, as a married 30-year-old, my health goals has nothing to do with a weight, but instead how I feel. When I feel healthy, when I feel active, when I feel productive, is when I feel my best. And when I don’t, it effects everything; mind, body, spirit. So every day that my healthy habits don’t come as easily, I remind myself of my “why”. I remind myself how good I feel when I do eat healthy, how amazing a great workout feels and how much I enjoy it, despite how much extra work it is. Because the alternative is a pretty shitty feeling. And because of my past, that shitting feeling can be a slippery slope. So my “why” is because I truly love feeling healthy, and I absolutely hate the alternative.

2.DISCOVER YOUR “HOW”

This is the part where every single person is going to be different, which is why I hate these claims on any workout or any diet that says “you’ll lose 10 pounds”. Everyone’s body is different so everyone is going to have different results. Not to mention everyone’s lives are different so not everyone can workout 6 days a week or afford those expensive studio classes, or eat a green smoothie every day simply because they hate vegetables.

For me? It is a consistent week fo balanced workouts, and three small meals a day with 1-2 healthy snacks with an emphasis on clean protein, healthy carbohydrates, and reducing refined carbohydrates and sugars. I am able to get those balanced workouts done because I have always been super active and am able to put together my own workouts. If you’re looking for help figuring out how to create a fitness habit, here are a few ideas:

  • remember what has worked and what you have liked in the past. Do you like one-on-one personal training? Did you find a certain kind of workout really effective? Did you feel best when you did one thing over another? Think back on the past few years and start out by increasing that one thing!

  • Make YOUR OWN reasonable goals. If you are just getting back into working out, don’t have a goal to work out 6 days a week! That’s just going to burn you out. When I started to incorporate yoga back into my routine I didn’t say I was going to do it everyday, I started off by having the goal of doing it 2x a week, then I worked up to 3x a week, and now I usually end up doing it 4x a week, even if it’s just for 20 minutes.

  • Figure out how to hold yourself accountable. Again, this book is THE BEST when trying to figure out what is going to keep you from breaking your promises. For me? It’s my internal “why”, for other people, it might be external accountability with a workout partner or a trainer they don’t want to cancel on. Figure out what that is for you, and find several ways to accomplish that. That way throughout the week if one way fails (because…. life) then you have the other ones to back it up.

3. BE REALISTIC

This one is I think the hardest for everyone. It sounds ideal to be drinking kale smoothies every day and doing back bending yoga constantly, but baby steps can be the best way to get to your end goal. Maybe it’s just by adding a few more vegetables to your meals during the week, or adding 5 minutes of activity to your day and the slow implementation of these healthy habits will not only slowly become second nature but it will also lead to other habits.

I started writing a gratitude journal almost every morning two years ago, and while I only do it about 4 times a week now it has honestly led to an overall more positive outlook! I wanted to cook more but knew that I wouldn’t be able to find enough recipes and do the grocery shopping to keep it up, after tons of research I found Hungryroot which has led to being able to cook 4 great healthy meals a week and introduced me to some amazing brands of healthy food that I am now obsessed with!

My point here is that a small change, made consistently is the best way to form a habit. If it’s small and manageable then it’s more likely that you are able to stick to it and keeping it up, which after a few weeks or even a month or more, then feels like second nature. Hence, the importance of habits! They are sustainable, they are constant, they are change-makers!

While I still have a long ways to go and consistently look for ways to improve my health and my habits and trip up every now and then, I feel that the way that I have created healthy habits makes those slip-ups easy to bounce back from. And that’s the biggest part of it all right? Being able to bounce back from a great date night meal or a fun girl’s brunch! Not avoid them!